Office: 2121 Berkeley Way, 3rd floor
Phone: (510) 642-0135
Personal website: http://sammcdougle.com
After receiving a BA in Neuroscience & Behavior at Vassar College (class of '09), I spent two years as a research assistant with Prof. Javier Medina at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn I studied how computations in the mouse cerebellum give rise to well-timed, coordinated movements. After a short stint as a musician and science and tech blogger, I began a PhD in Psychology & Neuroscience at Princeton University in 2013, working with Profs. Jordan Taylor (primary adviser) and Yael Niv (secondary adviser). At Princeton I studied human motor and reinforcement learning, and completed my PhD in 2018. I now work with Prof. Anne Collins, and I am co-advised by Prof. Ivry. My main research focus concerns modeling human motor and reinforcement learning, and mapping different learning systems to their respective neural substrates using a combination of computational, behavioral, and neurophysiological methods.